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West Michigan Earthquake Strikes During Pastor’s Nepal Relief Sermon

Where were you around 12:25p.m. Saturday? Did you feel a weird rumbling/ quaking?

I've heard some interesting tales of what people thought it was-- a car accident, odd thunder on an otherwise gorgeous and sunny day, houseguests wrestling in another room (this comes from my little brother who's 24, for which that would be a totally normal thing).

Turns out, it was an actual earthquake here in West Michigan.

And that moment was caught on tape at a church in Paw Paw, where a pastor was giving a sermon on donating to the Nepal earthquake relief fund.

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Photo courtesy of Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Photo courtesy of Diocese of Grand Rapids.
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St. Mary Magdalen Installs Cross On New Church [Photos]

St. Mary Magdalen church in Kentwood was destroyed by fire in July of 2012.

Construction of the new church began in May.

Supporters gathered this morning as the cross was placed on the steeple of the new church.

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St. Mary Magdalen Church Begins Construction After Fire

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Kentwood was destroyed by fire in 2012.  Fireworks are suspected to have been the cause of the fire.

Hundreds gathered this week as rebuilding began.

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Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Schedules Weekend Mass, Fireworks ‘Likely’ Cause Of Fire

Saturday night's fire at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Kentwood almost completely destroyed the church.

Tuesday night, Kentwood Fire Chief Brent Looman issued a statement saying "fireworks were a likely factor".

This weekend, Mass will be celebrated at the East Kentwood High School Auditorium.

Bishop Walter Hurley says the church will be rebuilt.

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Grand Rapids Fish Fries, At Churches, VFW Halls, And Everywhere!

I was talking to a friend of mine a couple days ago who said she couldn't count the number of people who came up to her and tried to run the "smudge" of dirt off her forehead.  She was kind of laughing about it because she had to stop them and say, "No, it's there because it's Ash Wednesday, you know Lent!" 

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One Woman Makes A Difference In One West Michigan School

A woman by the name of Chris Willis in Grand Haven read about a sad situation on one of the social media sites.  Instead of thinking to herself, "That's a sad story", she realized that she could do something about it so she did!

Muskegon Heights Edgewood Elementary School were lacking the basic necessities it took for the teachers to do their job

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Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIM
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIM
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Rob Bell Says Goodbye To Mars Hill Congregation

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob Bell a number of years ago.  I was also at his "Love Win's" book signing at the Barnes & Noble in the Woodland Mall last year.  As you might be able to tell I enjoy Rob Bell, I admire his ability to make people feel something!  Whether you agree with him or disagree with him he will make you feel something. 

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Churches Across The Street From Each Other “duke” It Out

This is very funny.  Some churches really do have a sense of humor.  At least the Catholics do.

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Amy Grant And Michael W. Smith Concert Announced!

How exciting is this!  Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Kicking off their tour in Holland Michigan February 10th, 2011.

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